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By Donald Turvill
Dumfries and West
Coastguard to the rescue of stuck dog

ANNAN’S Coastguard Rescue Team successfully retrieved a dog stuck in the mud at Kingholm Quay this week.

The crew were called to the mudflats near Dumfries on Monday morning after Rory, a mischievous white and brown spaniel, became trapped whilst out on a walk with his owner.

Onlookers swiftly called the coastguard, who arrived shortly after to pull Rory out.

Rescue team member Stewart Bryden, from Annan, said: “We received reports of a dog stuck in the mud. The owner had tried to retrieve it and realised they’d get stuck themselves so the dog had probably been in there for a couple of hours.

“We arrived on scene and did a mud rescue to get the dog out. We were fortunate with the tide times – it could have been a bit different if there was a tide.”

He added that members of the public had done the “sensible thing” by not trying to rescue Rory themselves, saying: “We could have been in there with three casualties plus a dog. Credit really goes to themselves for using their common sense and not putting themselves in danger.”

On pulling the pooch from the mud, he added: “The poor thing would have been cold as there was water around it, but the dog will be fine. “The owner was grateful we got his dog out and we advised him to get him checked over with the vet, a hot bath and lots to eat.”

In a statement on social media, Annan Coastguard Rescue Team said: “Many thanks to Annan CRT, Portling CRT and Belfast CGOC for all your hard work in the extraction of wee Rory the dog from the mud at Kingholm Quay area today.

“I would also like to thank the members of the public for doing the correct thing by not putting themselves in danger and dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.”

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